Jacu Strauss

Photo: Emily Andrews

Jacu Strauss is responsible for the re-design of Pulitzer Amsterdam and many other design hotels such as the iconic Sea Containers London and recently opened Riggs Washington DC.

Jacu lived in Amsterdam for four years and completely immersed himself in the city; the place he now calls his second home. Use his inspiration and let the designer emerge within yourself. Dream now, discover later.

“I want to share my favorite places with you – where I shop, wander around and gather inspiration as a designer.”

Interior & inspiration

1. Anouk Beerents – Since 1987, Anouk Beerents has specialized in the import and export of antique mirrors. Most of the authentic quality mirrors have a French or Italian origin with gilded gold or silver leaves. The amazing studio of Anouk Beerents is a real hidden gem in the nine streets.

“It’s one of my favorite places in the world. We have a few of her mirrors in Pulitzer’s Bar, lobby, -and Collector’s Suites among others.” – Prinsengracht 467, anoukbeerents.nl

2. MENDO – MENDO is a candy store for book lovers. They specialize in the specific categories of fashion, photography, interior, traveling, food and graphic design.

“A stunning bookshop. It’s just done really well and they have an amazing collection of books. You can’t help but spend some time in there.”- Berenstraat 11, mendo.nl

Get dressed

3. Bij Ons Vintage – A large collection of original vintages for men and women with new arrivals every day. Check out their Facebook page to stay on top of the special offers every week.

“One of the things I love most about Amsterdam is it has really amazing vintage shops.”- Reestraat 13, bijons-vintage.nl

4.PRJCT AMS – A multi-brand store for men, selling an on-going mixture of casual chic clothing and garments, with a strong focus on ‘the perfect basic’. Innovative brands and upcoming designers who value quality, can be bought at PRJCT AMS.

“A small nicely designed store with a good collection of clothing that’s clean and simple.” – Gasthuismolensteeg 18, prjctams.com

The finishing touches

5.Marie Stella Maris – A beautiful shop offering luxurious, natural care products and a fine selection of home fragrances for a unique experience at home. The Amsterdam-based lifestyle brand donates a fixed amount towards clean drinking projects for each product you purchase.

“The store is great, the toiletries are dazzling, and the packaging is absolutely brilliant.” – Keizersgracht 357, marie-stella-maris.com

6.Le Labo at Skins Cosmetics – In every bathroom of Pulitzer Amsterdam, you will find a selection of Le Labo Fragrances. From a solid soap kit, to a body lotion, to a conditioner, Le Labo will pleasantly surprise you.

“This is a brand that I’ve always loved and I was thrilled that we were able to offer it in the hotel. One of my favorite perfumes is actually a Le Labo one.” – Runstraat 11, skins.nl


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Chocolate Fondant Dessert

A balanced diet is with chocolate in both hands.

There are many reasons to love chocolate! It makes you happy, smarter, reduces stress and helps us to relax.

While our restaurant Jansz. Amsterdam is closed, we would like to provide you with the recipe for the ultimate chocolate lovers dessert. Try make this iconic Jansz. Chocolate Fondant at home and impress the entire family with the all-time favorite dessert of our Jansz. chefs. Let’s get baking!

Ingredients (5 servings)

  • Eggs                                    2
  • Sugar                                  120gr
  • Flour                                   85gr
  • Milk Chocolate                  100gr
  • Butter                                100gr
  • Cream                                15ml
  • Dark Chocolate                 50gr

What you need

  • Silicone half-ball mall
  • Piping bag
  • Aluminium cake moulds
  • Mixer
  • Baking spray

Method of preparation:

For the filling, melt the dark chocolate au bain-marie with the cream and put the mixture in the half-ball mall. Place it in the freezer for at least 2 hours.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.

In the meantime, mix the eggs and sugar with a mixer until expanded to three times its original size. Melt the milk chocolate with the butter au bain-marie in a separate bowl and use the mixer to mix it with the eggs and sugar. Stir in the flour and put it in a piping bag.

Spray the cake moulds with the baking spray and add the mixture. Put the half-ball chocolates in the mixture and add a thin layer on top. Place the cakes in the oven for 8 minutes.

Let the cakes cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

Garnish with (homemade) ice cream, cookie crumble and cherries.

Bon appétit!

Jansz. Amsterdam

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Jansz. Amsterdam


Photo: Booty Club

Your weekly gym routine might not be the same due to all the gyms being temporarily closed. There’s no need to stress about that because many sport clubs and fitness instructors have got you covered with creative alternatives for you to stay fit, while staying at home.

Find our favorite Amsterdam fitness picks below.

  1. @bootyclub.nl
    A combination of (high-intensity) exercises that focus on the glute muscles make this workout a unique blend of activity which will make you sweat and give you a peach-shaped bum. If you’re lucky, June and her trainers might also add some exercises that work the abs for the ultimate burn. No equipment necessary. If you happen to have a resistance band, do use it to get the glutes fired up.

    Three days per week. Usually Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

    Live Insta story and IGTV.

  2. @rowenaida
    Expect a great variety between strength, cardio, and stability training. With different focusses on the upper body, lower body, and glutes. She’ll also throw in a guided meditation every now and then. Rowen’s enthusiasm and motivational lines make sure you sweat, burn and most of all enjoy all her classes. Every next-day schedule is released the evening prior. She does classes every day of the week; a true fitness inspiration.

    Varies every day and every week. Just check out Rowen’s Instagram for her latest timetable.

    Live Insta story.

  3. PLTS
    PLTS is a household name in Amsterdam. This workout, loved by models, tones and sculpts your body by using a special Pilates machine. This is not something you have at home, so the boutique studio has created home workouts where all you need is your body and a towel. Sliders (or cardboard) and low-weight dumbbells (or water bottle) are optional. The workouts leave you just as fulfilled as your normal PLTS class would do.

    Daily new workouts released at 10AM CET.


  4. High Studios
    This high-intensity interval training makes you sweaty and strong. The normal workout takes place in one of High Studios’ boutique gyms and makes use of a treadmill, box, and weights. Their training on YouTube and Spotify are adjusted so you can feel the same high without training in the studios. Different trainers will take you through various strength and cardio exercises. Muscle strain is guaranteed the next day.

    Always available online.

    YouTube (home workouts)
    Spotify (outside workouts, do keep your distance)

  5. Saints & Stars
    Luxury gym Saints & Stars has come up with alternative ways to stay fit while being quarantined. You can expect uplifting music paired with killer workout moves. The enthusiasm of the trainers will make sure you complete each set; it almost feels like they’re in your living room coaching you through the session. Sweat, burn and fun is what you’ll go through.

    Every day at 10AM CET.

    Live Insta story and IGTV.

  6. Equal Yoga
    Equal Yoga enables you to take your practice home. The studio known for their classes in hot temperatures, enables you to practice the same strength and flexibility movements without equipment. The teachers will guide you through the sequence with ques on breathwork as well, movements are suitable for beginner and advanced yogis.

    Every day at 10AM CET.

    Live Insta story

The Easter Bunny changed his mind, and instead of hopping through Pulitzer Amsterdam’s inner gardens, he has left his Easter eggs some places else… was it your backyard?

Yearly, children are invited to participate in Pulitzer’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. Before the hunt kicks off, children can festively decorate their egg collecting bag, while feasting on some lemonade and cookies. Afterwards, they are welcome to the Pulitzer garden to find the missing Easter eggs, including several golden eggs with a special prize for the lucky finder.

Let’s get creative
Little Van Gogh’s in the making! Let the kids (or not only the kids!) decorate a basket with ribbons and bows or a cotton bag with color markers, paint and stickers. The bags can be used for egg collecting. Let’s go!

The hunt
If you are one of the lucky few with a garden, hide the Easter eggs in the grass, in plant pots or near the trees for the kids. Otherwise, inside will give you plenty of places to hide these chocolate treats as well (Have you searched in your sock drawer yet?). To give the hunt a twist, add a couple of large (or golden) eggs and attach a special prize to them: a chocolate bunny, an all-day PJ day or the right to decide what movie is on tonight. Who’s in for a rematch next year?

Easter Brunch
While the kids are busy hunting, you have some extra time to get ready for an extensive, colorful Easter brunch. Set the table with freshly baked bread and croissants, hard boiled eggs, a homemade cake and fresh fruit juices. Check out our recipes for the Pause Pancakes and Pulitzer Tosti to give your Easter brunch table an extra Pulitzer touch!

Happy Egg hunting!

Rijksmuseum Nachtwachtzaal

Travelling all the way to Amsterdam to see your favorite museums has to wait. No worries! You can now admire Amsterdam’s finest art from the comfort of your own home, digitally. Why is this even better, you may wonder? No lines in front of the museums, all the art just for yourself and you can enjoy the art with a snack for a change. 😉

Let us guide you through four of Amsterdam’s well-known museums.

  1. Anne Frank Museum

On a stone’s throw distance of Pulitzer Amsterdam, the Anne Frank House is situated. Now, the Anne Frank Museum is close to you too – on your phone, tablet or computer to be exact. Learn more about the Jewish girl that hid in 1942 from the Nazis during the occupation of the Netherlands, her diary and the Secret Annex with the virtual tour of the Anne Frank Museum.

  1. Van Gogh Museum

The virtual Van Gogh Museum offers something for everyone! There’s a lot to (digitally) do for children, art lovers and the curious. Get to know not only Vincent his art work, but also read about personal stories, and his relationship with friends and family. It is a fun, interactive and educational way to get to know the post-Impressionist painter whose work was notable for its beauty, emotion and color.

  1. Moco Museum

Pink, funky and modern art with a wink is what can describe Moco best. This boutique museum showcases inspiring modern and contemporary art. Virtually wander around pieces of the mysterious Banksy, contemporary Andy Warhol or colorful Jean-Michel Busquiat. The Moco Museum shared a video for you to enjoy their exhibitions at home!

  1. Rijksmuseum

This museum shows worldwide known master pieces from Amsterdam’s Golden Age to recent artistic innovations. Digitally stroll through the Rijksmuseum along The Milkmaid, Marten en Oopjen or The Night’s Watch. Take all the time you want to indulge in 80 galleries with 8,000 objects that tell the story of 800 years of Dutch art and history.

From a ready-to-go office lunch to preparing lunch in your own kitchen.

Making your own midday meal will take some getting used to for most people who stay at home, but now you have the opportunity to try out some new recipes. You’ll become an experienced home cook before you know it.

Just hop by the (Asian) supermarket and you’ll be able to bring Pause to your own plate. We’ve asked the chef for the ingredients and instructions of the Pause Poke Bowl with salmon and have listed it down below.

Not a fan of the pink fish? You can also replace the salmon for tuna sashimi, grilled chicken or tofu.

Ingredients Bowl

  • Salmon Sashimi          100gr
  • Sushi Rice                    90gr
  • Soybeans                     40gr
  • Wakame                       40gr
  • Julienne Carrots         20gr
  • Bean Sprouts               10gr
  • Pickled Ginger             5gr
  • Cilantro                         2gr
  • Mirin                              10ml
  • Soy Dressing                 10ml
  • Avocado                         1/2

Ingredients Soy Dressing:

  • Sesame Oil                      5gr
  • Soy Sauce                       4gr
  • Chili Oil                            0.5gr
  • Sushi Vinegar                  0.5gr
  • Roasted Garlic Clove     1/2

Method of preparation: Cook the sushi rice accordingly and mix it with the mirin. In a separate bowl, mix the bean sprouts, cilantro and julienne carrots. Crush the garlic and mix all the ingredients of the soy dressing. When preparing the poke bowl, start with the sushi rice and add the soybeans, wakame, avocado, pickled ginger and carrot salad one by one, finish off by putting the salmon sashimi in the middle. Lastly, sprinkle the soy dressing on top of the greens.

Bon appétit!

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Pause at Pulitzer

The Governess Cocktail

Get ready to stir things up and become a Pulitzer’s Bar bartender for one evening.

A visit to Pulitzer’s Bar will have to be postponed to a later time in the year. If you can’t visit the bar, bring the bar to you, right?

Try making one of the signature cocktails yourself and who knows, you might even improve your mixology skills so much that you’ll be the next guest bartender in Pulitzer’s Bar.

The current menu is inspired on Agatha Christie’s best-known crime novel, Murder on the Orient Express. Each drink carries the name of one of the characters, and the ingredients as well as the taste notes reflect the characteristics of the novel characters in the drink.

Take The Governess for example. A delicious drink that can be defined as light, refreshing, citrusy and dry. Make this iconic cocktail at home and you’ll definitely impress your partner or flatmate.

Ingredients The Governess

  • Porter’s Tropical Old Tom or a different Gin*                                                40ML
  • Lemon Juice                                                                                                       30ML
  • White Grapefruit Tea Oleo or Monin Red Grapfruit Syrup                           15ML
  • Fever-Tree Soda                                                                                                 50ML
  • Fever-Tree Tonic                                                                                                50ML

Build all ingredients in a long drink glass with ice cubes and top off with Fever-Tree Soda and Fever-Tree Tonic. Stir a little and garnish with citrus powder.

*Switch Porter’s Tropical Old Tom for 40ml Everleaf for a boozeless version.


Pulitzer’s Bar

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Pulitzer’s Bar

Kids in Pulitzer Suite

Schools are closed, sport clubs can’t be visited, and it is not encouraged to go to the parcs and playgrounds, what to do!? We believe that this is the moment to enjoy some actual, quality family time. We are sharing five ideas on what to do with kids in your own home, hotel inspired. Let’s make it suite!

1. Cooking with kids
Cooking boring? Not at all! Kids are easily entertained, and cooking is a good way to do so. To make the cooking experience even better, we shared a recipe that your little ones, and yourself, will love for sure; Pause Pancakes. Say ‘pancakes’ once and your kids will run towards the kitchen, getting ready to be a real chef. Extra tip: create a chef’s hat for your kids, for example out of old newspapers. Oh, and be aware: the kitchen is going to be a mess! Sorry not sorry.

2. Create your own Kids Treasure Hunt
Who doesn’t love to discover, right? What about creating your own Kids Treasure Hunt! Make an easy version for the younger ones with your own-drawn map of the house where a cross shows the location of the hidden treasure. Or design a more advanced hunt: hide letters on a few places around the house. Together, the letters will make a word that is the location of the hidden treasure. Check out Pulitzer’s Kids Treasure Hunt for inspiration.

3. Family workout
At Pulitzer, we believe that exercising makes you feel better. And, especially since you are spending most of your time at home, a good workout will get you energized. So, why not exercise together! Working out with your whole family is becoming a hot topic more and more. We’ve collected three of our favorite family workouts, for you and your kids to do at home. Put on your sporty outfit, create space in the living room and get ready to sweat!


Alo Yoga


4. Family’s Got Talent
Do you have a secret talent? Now is the time to take the stage and shine! Dancing, singing, painting or comedy, set up a talent show for the whole family. Spend a little bit of time on the preparations, dress up and decide on who will be the host. Get creative and make a stage out of something you can find in the house: wood, blankets or even the sofa. Laughter guaranteed!

5. Play ‘hotelier’
Remember the time you played ‘teacher’ or ‘doctor’ when you were little? Think outside the box and play ‘hotelier’! Let your fantasy lead the way. You, as parents, can be the guests, your kids the employees. Decide on a name of the hotel, create a check-in desk and let your kids show the way to your rooms. Put on your bathrobes, order room service and go for a relaxing spa moment. If that isn’t the suite life… enjoy!

Pause Pancakes on plate

There are many reasons to love pancakes! They are truly perfect for every time of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can top it with anything, and it literally takes minutes to make.

While your favorite Garden Café Pause at Pulitzer is closed, we would like to provide you with the recipe for the Pause Pancakes, so you don’t have to miss them in the meantime.

Ingredients Pancake Mix 

  • Flour                                             500GR
  • Sugar                                            75GR
  • Corn Oil                                        150GR
  • Vanilla Syrup                                 175ML
  • Milk                                                750ML
  • Baking Powder                             35GR
  • Butter                                            35GR


  • Blueberries                                   20 pieces
  • Raspberries                                  12 pieces
  • Blackberries                                  8 pieces
  • Watercress                                    3 pieces
  • Pure Canadian Maple Syrup

Let’s start baking, step by step!

  1. Mix all the ingredients from the pancake mix, except the butter.

Fun fact: The Dutchies call a pancake ‘pannenkoek’.

  1. Heat a frying pan on middle high fire and put the butter in the pan to melt.

Fun fact: Every culture has its own way of making pancakes.

  1. When the butter is melted, put your pancake mix in the pan. Make a choice if you would like to have one big pancake or a few small ones.

Fun fact: The Guinness World Record for the most pancakes served in 8 hours by a team is 34,818.

  1. Flip the pancakes and finish cooking, until golden brown on both sides.

Fun fact: Pancakes can be made with different main ingredients, for example, banana, potato and oatmeal.

  1. Almost done: it is now time to make your pancake as pretty as you would like with all the delicious toppings.

Fun fact: The most flips anyone has ever done with a pancake is 349 flips in two minutes.

  1. Bon appétit! Share your homemade ‘Perfect Pause Pancake’ with us on Instagram with the @pulitzer.amsterdam tag and the hashtag #PerfectPausePancake

 Fun fact: The Pause Pancakes are your favorite now.


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Pause at Pulitzer

Spending time at home

What are your plans for the weekend?” It’s the question that arises every Friday and to which your standard answer probably includes going out with friends, visiting family, going on a little trip or having dinner at your favorite restaurant. But what do you do when these activities are currently on pause? We are here to share some tips on how to spend the weekend at home.

  1. Master the Kitchen
    While at home, you might as well go all out in the kitchen. Surprise your family with a homemade cake or surf the internet for dishes you have never heard of and try them out. Now is also the time to try out one of grandma’s beloved meals yourself and to gather your family’s traditional recipes for a cookbook. Eager to bring a little bit of Pulitzer to your own kitchen? Click on the links below to find out how you can recreate our favorite Pulitzer recipes at home!

    Pulitzer Tosti
    Pause Pancakes 
    Pause Poke Bowl

  2. Time for Me
    Now that your continuous way of life is on hold, it’s time to reconsider what you love and hate about it. Recharge the battery of your brain with the Pulitzer Meditation Sessions or read that book you never seemed to have the time for. Another way to give yourself an extra boost is to give your home a reset by rearranging the furniture. Welcome the positive vibes!
  3. Exploit the Internet
    We all know how tempting it is to spend your free hours at home watching Netflix or scrolling through Instagram. Before you realize, Netflix is asking you if you’re still watching or you are looking at your best friend’s brother’s neighbor’s girlfriend’s Instagram page. Embrace the other possibilities of technology and listen to one of the many podcasts available or read interesting online articles you normally don’t have time for. Fed up with spending time on your own? Virtually meet up with friends in a video call and play games with apps such as Houseparty.

Photo by: @thetravelingpear